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I enjoy trying and eating "veggie products" such as fake meats, cheeses, and things, but they are sooooooo expensive. Im pretty sure this is because of the small demand for such products.<br><br><br><br>
I am 16 and do not have a job because of my high involvement with school clubs and my classes, so I cannot offer to pay for my own weird foods. My dad asks me frequently, "So when are you going to quit with this vegetarian thing?"<br><br><br><br>
Morningstar farms gives out a few coupons, and I use them, but all those other products out there just dying to be tried are ridiculously priced.<br><br><br><br>
Where I live, there are Whole Foods markets within 45 minutes or so, but my parents would never think to take me over there every week to pick up weirdo groceries. And well, I dont even know if Whole Foods stuff is cheap anyways.<br><br><br><br>
Anyone have a solution?
 

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you can do veg. without eating all those prepackaged products. In general premade and prepackaged foods do cost more. Maybe you could get a cookbook or two that shows you how to put together some things from scratch. If you could make some good foods from more "normal" ingredients that don't cost as much, I bet your parents wouldn't think much of it then. You would be surprised how easily you can make some great foods without buying packaged foods. I agree with you that a lot of it does cost more and most adults aren't always willing to shell out the big bucks for those products. I look at them at the store, but I rarely buy them. I hate it when I do buy something that looks good and then it isn't all that I expected. Hopefully that doesn't happen to you often.
 

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Alyssa,<br><br>
You don't need to buy meat and cheese "substitutes" all the time to be a vegan. Take a look at the "what did you eat today" thread to see what a normal diet looks like. Eat whole grains, veggies, fruit, legumes, and soy, and you'll get what you need. I actually find myself spending less than when I was an omni! I use fake meats as a "treat" every week or so.
 

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Ugh.. my dad still says the same thing to me and I'm 26. Although I am a vegan, he thinks I'm still a vegetarian and that veganism has to do with witches and stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Anyway.. it can get pricey with all the prepackaged food. Since I'm the only veggie in the house, I always have a lot of leftovers.. which is a good thing. Try the Fantasic Foods Tofu Burger. It comes in a box and all you need is firm tofu. I usually get about 5-6 burgers out of it.<br><br>
Stirfries (sp?) are always good.. just add some rice or rice noodles and you've got yourself dinner for a few days.<br><br>
Be creative.. I'm sure you'll find yummy, inexpensive foods.
 

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BTW, if you can make it to wholefoods or another HFS, you can pick up textured vegetable protein (TVP.) At my wholefoods, it runs about $1.99 a pound in the bulk area, and triples in size when you cook it. It's full of protein, totally yummy, and super cheap.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Rie</i><br><br><b>BTW, if you can make it to wholefoods or another HFS, you can pick up textured vegetable protein (TVP.) At my wholefoods, it runs about $1.99 a pound in the bulk area, and triples in size when you cook it. It's full of protein, totally yummy, and super cheap.</b></div>
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I've found TVP in the bulk section at the store where I shop and it runs about that same price per pound or, most stores are carrying Bob's Red Mill brand but some of their things are higher, so try the bulk section first.<br><br><br><br>
I agree with Rie. Grains, veggies, legumes, fruit and soy are wonderful ways of getting all you need without spending a fortune! I'm the only veggie in the house, too so I've learned how to stay within my diet by venturing to other areas besides the "wierd foods section" and being creative. Stirfries are wonderful so are veggie soups, chili, skillet scrambles, hot and cold salads, stuffed veggies, grilled foods, roasted foods, quinoa, falafel... the list goes on and on. Most of the stuff I make lasts about a week's worth of meals for me and a good many things can freeze which is very nice, especially for recipes that yield enough to feed a small village. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
If you don't know how to cook or aren't sure of what to make, you can get a good veg cook book or you can cruise the web for good veg recipes. VegWeb and vegsource are good recipe sources as well as <a href="http://home.iprimus.com.au/ia1hp/not-chef/index.htm" target="_blank">The Not-Chef</a> and <a href="http://www.veganmania.com/pages/welcome_body.htm" target="_blank">VegMania</a>. Many of these recipes can be made for mere pennies and they're so good that you don't even miss those expensive things like vegmeat and vegcheese.<br><br><br><br>
In my shopping, the only time I'll get a veg-alternate is when it's on sale. It's even nicer if I have a coupon but I never use my coupon unless there's a sale on, too. That way, I still can buy my fake meats and things, but they're more treats than they are staples.<br><br><br><br>
There's a couple of threads around here about veg*n shopping on a budget. Check out those threads, too so that you can get some ideas about things you can buy without breaking the bank.
 

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alyssa-<br><br>
I agree with what several have said above, you don't need the meat and cheese analogs to have a good and satisfying veg*n diet! I hardly ever eat these things, with the exception of the ever-present veggie burger at every barbecue I go to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Other than that, I generally eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, soy products. I was no good at cooking for a while, and I had an omni family and later roommate.... Here are some examples of easy (and non-"wierd") foods that you can make and even enjoy with your omni family:<br><br><br><br>
*spaghetti with marinara sauce (use a tomato base and throw in<br><br>
veggies)<br><br>
*black- or pinto-bean burritos with peppers and salsa and stuff (let the others make meat/use cheese if they want to)<br><br>
*green salads<br><br>
* soups with veggies or pasta, etc.<br><br>
* falafel<br><br>
* veggie stirfries over rice (with or without tofu)<br><br><br><br>
And, personally, I have gotten a lot of good recipes from "Low Fat and Fast," a cookbook from Vegetarian Times.<br><br>
Good luck and don't give up! You have made a great choice!
 

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Alyssa,<br><br><br><br>
I've become somewhat of an "addict" for chunky Mexican salsa! I use it on whole wheat pasta and also in brown rice casserole dishes I make...no sugar, high in vitamins and very tasty!<br><br><br><br>
I also have an automatic rice steamer I picked up at Goodwill for $5.99, and I not only make rice in it but also I add various other veggies and things to make a casserole with no great effort.<br><br><br><br>
You can also make great beans in a crockpot to enjoy in the evenings having cooked all day. Various spices with the beans can be wonderful--and of course it's hard to beat a beans and rice mixture (which you can also make in the crockpot for very little money!).<br><br><br><br>
I agree with you that many of the analogs out there are getting quite good--and when I'm in a hurry it's nice to have some veggie burgers in the freezer. However, if you cultivate the habit of experimenting with spices and flavors, you can make some fabulous-tasting, highly nutritious, and very inexpensive meals.<br><br><br><br>
I think that is part of the fun of it all--don't you?<br><br><br><br>
David
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by alyssa</i><br><br><b>Where I live, there are Whole Foods markets within 45 minutes or so, but my parents would never think to take me over there every week to pick up weirdo groceries. And well, I dont even know if Whole Foods stuff is cheap anyways.</b></div>
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Where I live, the Whole Foods is significantly cheaper than the "regular" grocery store one block away from my apartment building. I make the extra trip (granted, it's only 10 or so more blocks) to Whole Foods, and I never regret it.<br><br><br><br>
It's worth paying the extra cost to have a Ralphs so close to me in a pinch, though.
 

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Epski, you're right! Many times Wholefoods is less expensive than say, Albertsons. Healthier, and cheaper! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yeah, agreed on the TVP thing. You can make great tacos or sloppy joes out of it if you spice it up right and put a can of tomato paste in with it. It's exceptionally cheap.<br><br><br><br>
TVP has 2.5x the protein as meat! Tell that to your parents!!
 

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Fortunately, my family has never once questioned my vegetarianism. It was just another day around here. lol. Anyway...<br><br><br><br>
They ARE expensive so I only "Treat" myself to them on occasion. Sometimes if I end up with an extra $20 from something I go to the 'natural market' and pick out some convenience foods and other stuff i've wanted to try, not exceeding my little treat money. Do you have an allowance or anything? Babysit? walk dogs?<br><br><br><br>
:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">retends to be all old:: in MY day when I became vegetarian, they didn't even HAVE all these convenience foods. It was tough to find a good veggie burger! You'll make it through!!
 
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